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Monday, February 06, 2006

There is Only One, Big, Blue Ocean

Many of the things that end up on the beach were actually thrown into a river, many many miles from the sea! Pollution of the ocean happens hundreds, even thousands of miles from the ocean.

Did you know if you go down to the Whitewater and touch the surface of the river that you are also touching the ocean? Even small streams near your homes flow into the Whitewater which flows into the _____________ which flows into the _______________ which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

And this is the amazing part to me. That water in your river is connected,without anything separating it, to ALL the oceans on earth. Imagine. You can see this by looking at the blue on a globe ---- See how there is only One big blue Ocean. Pretty cool!

That is why all of us need to be very thoughtful about how we live our lives. We all live downstream from others, and those who live downstream from us depend on our taking care of the water in our neighborhoods.

What can you do to keep this one ocean safe for all living things?
Your Friend,


At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6th Connor Its the pacific ocean

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6 grader Darik
The Whitewater runs into the Ohio. The Ohio runs into the Mississippi. The Mississippi runs into the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico runs into the Atlantic.

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eastview 6 grader Kurt
I think he Whitewater goes into the Ohio River. Then the Ohio River goes to the Mississippi River and the Mississippi goes into the Gulf of Mexico. Then the Gulf of Mexico goes into the Atlantic Ocean.

At March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joseph-Eastview: The Whitewater flows into the Miami river which is a tributary of the Ohio. From the Ohio, it flows into the Mississippi River which flows into the Gulf Coast which flows into the Atlantic. :^P

At March 24, 2006, Anonymous ron hirschi said...

Joseph, Darik, Kurt, and Connor,

Wouldn't it be fun to kayak all that way! And, the amazing thing is how most scientists now hope people realize that the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, Pacific --- all oceans are one body of water.

We affect life in the ocean no matter where we live and can do many things to help. This week, some kids from Tussing Elementary in Ohio sent your school a Blue Whale. They made it with recycled stuff.

Tussing students also sent a Blue Whale to kids in Hawai'i because they wanted to share their art and love for the ocean, whales included.

When the kids in Hawai'i got their whale, they told me they wanted to make a whale too, from trash they pick up at the beach.

My plan is to go to Hawai'i with Mrs. Newton to help them. In the meantime, maybe you might figure out some way to make art from recycled stuff.

When you get a chance, check out sculptor, Leo Sewell's work. He is the great "Trash Sculptor" who helped the Tussing kids.

Your Friend, Ron


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